Gwilym Tew o Lan Tâf
Merthyr Tydfil, Glam.
Compelled to work for a livelihood from an early age, he received only seven months’ instruction at school. He strove to educate himself in the art of writing poetry against almost insurmountable difficulties. He was, for example, for the greater part of his life without a
grammar or dictionary; but imbued with a love for his native tongue and inspired by a natural bent he succeeded in writing many creditable verses in
on various subjects. In
he published his first volume of poems and in
, just before his death, a second edition was published entitled
Caingc y Gog; neu amryw gyfansoddiadau ar wahanol destunauyn ym cynnwys cynghorion, myfyrdodau, galarnadau, annerchiadau, etc.
). He d.
 Nov. 1824
Enwogion Cymru. A Biographical Dictionary of
24 Dec. 1824
Dr Moelwyn Idwal Williams, M.A., Aberystwyth